Liberty Lands Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Save The Date – NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



Liberty Lands Farmers & Craft Market – Saturdays at Liberty Lands Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:35:55 +0000 The Liberty Lands Farmers Market is starting up again – and it’s expanding!

Every Saturday starting April 8, 9am-3pm, Liberty Lands (3rd St side).

Fifteen vendors and growing, including:
•    J & J FARM (fresh organic produce )
•    Ninja Goat Fat Coffee (butter coffee)
•    Grounds & Hounds Coffee
•    Bright Yellow Creamery (homemade ice cream)
•    Lady Grey Tea (tea, biscuits & more )
•    Who Dog Knits (human apparel made by local rescuer)
•    Greyhound Angels Adoption
•    Lady Bug Designs (women’s jewelry )
•    …and more!

Additional vendors welcome, $10/space. Contact Paul Hubert,


Shakespeare Comes to Liberty Lands! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:57 +0000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15 – July 1
Admission is Free!
6/15 thru 6/18 at 6:30pm
6/22 thru 6/24 at 6:30pm
6/25 at 3:00pm
6/29 thru 7/1 at 6:30pm
Run Time is 90 minutes
For more information follow us on Facebook – The Word Players
Northern Liberties Community Garden Tour – Sat, June 17 Mon, 15 May 2017 14:55:21 +0000 10am-2pm
(rain date June 18)

Wanna see some
of the best secret retreats in Philadelphia?

Walk the Northern Liberties Loop, a self-guided tour of Spooky Garden, Seedy Acres, Orkney Park, Orianna Hill Community Garden,
Liberty Lands Park & Community Garden, and The Bodine School Yard Garden. 

Part of a city-wide celebration of community gardens & organized by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, this tour features a wide variety of approaches to urban greening in a 1-mile, family friendly loop. 

All of our gardens will have tours & activities!

Two of the gardens contain playgrounds!

Spooky Garden will host a BBQ beginning at noon!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a diverse collection of innovative approaches to urban greening, from a community-owned park built on a former brown fields site, to a miniature urban forest, to a storm water garden at a public school.

Parking will be available for out-of-neighborhood visitors in the Bodine HS parking lot.  

Here’s the NoLibs route:
















City Planter  814 N. 4th St – Refreshments
Orianna Hill  900 N. Orianna St
Liberty Lands  961 N. 3rd St
Bodine High School  1101 N. 4th St – Free Parking
Spooky Garden  1116 N. 4th St through to 1015 N. Leithgow St
Seedy Acres  912 N. Leithgow St
Orkney Park  867 N. Orkney St

More info available at: 
NoLibs Music Festival & Flea Market – Sat, Jun 3 Thu, 11 May 2017 02:07:13 +0000 Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Wildey)
Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course
Liberty Lands!
We need a few good men and women
to help with set-up and tear-down
of the stage!
CLICK here to volunteer…
Get a FREE Souvenir Bottomless
Beer Cup for your help!
Thank you!
Flea market 9am until you drop!! (Load-in: get there early!
Fee $20 BYOtable)
Food and Beer Cups
from Noon on…
Music starts at 4…. Lasts till 10

The Line Up:

4:00 – School of Rock

5:00 – The Hoppin’ John Orchestra

6:00 – After Dinner Mints

7:00 – Broken Arrow

8:00 – Michael Simons

9:00 – St. James & The Apostles

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Festival info: Donald Phillips
Flea Market info: Kathy Vissar:

Weeder’s Club Meets Again (and again) on Saturday Mornings at Liberty Lands… Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:30:53 +0000  

Weeders Club AD

Every Saturday morning from 9m to 11-ish

Tools, Gloves, Instruction, Gossip included! All are welcome, bring the kids!

There will be coffee!

Liberty Lands is your park,
owned and maintained by our neighborhood.
Any time spent helping to clean up
the park is welcome.

Meet-up is at the table in the shade of the kids playground.

Teens can earn Community Service Points!



Saturdays – Farmer’s Market at Liberty Lands Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:30:36 +0000
J and J FarmEvery Saturday9am to 1pm,
J&J Farm brings organic fruits and vegetables, eggs, and homemade jam to Liberty Lands Park
(900 block of N 3rd St.)
While there, get info on the
Food Bucks program, which gives SNAP (food assistance) recipients $2 of extra benefit for every $5 in SNAP benefits spent.
18th Annual Liberty Lands Halloween & Fall Festival – Sunday, October 30 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:00:17 +0000

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1-4 pm

Kids Crafts and Family Activities Including:

Interactive entertainment and music from:

All proceeds from this event support Liberty Lands park.

Help spread the word!

And, if you’re interested in lending a hand on the day, sign up here: Fall Fest Volunteer Sheet
Read more at our Fest Facebook page.
You can also contact if you’d like to get involved.

FREE BambooWifi along N3rd Street, Liberty Lands, & Orianna Hill Park Wed, 18 May 2016 05:00:05 +0000 Bamboowifi InstallBambooWifi is improving internet access in Philadelphia by providing “Free Neighborhood Wi-Fi.” We provide seamless Wi-Fi access to your entire neighborhood, so you can stay connected at home and on the go, without having to log in more than once. Free internet access is made possible through short video advertisements.

The N3rd Street Network is the first step in bringing Free Neighborhood Wi-Fi to all of Philadelphia, and was made possible through the help of multiple community supporters including the Penn Treaty Special Services District, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, Jarvus Innovations, and Bamboowifi.

Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device will be able to access the network free of charge. Guests will simply click on the “Bamboowifi” option in their Wi-Fi settings, watch a short video explaining the network, and then have full access to the internet. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine.

For questions, please contact:
James Gregory
Co-founder & Head of Business Development


Liberty Lands Flea Market & Music Fest – July 9th Sat, 14 May 2016 07:00:52 +0000 Liberty Lands picnickersAt Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Poplar)

Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course Liberty Lands!

Flea market 9am until…

Food and Philadelphia Brewing Company from Noon on…

Music starting at 4ish…. Lasting till 10ish….

New Line Up!
4:00 – Late Night Radio – funk jazz
5:00 – Michal Beckham – jazz trio
6:00 – Spiritual Thunder – raucous R&B
7:00 – OoLaLa – RocknRoll Cosmology
8:00 – Shy Boyz – music with a twist
9:00 – Minka – 80’s dance and rock

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Contact for Information: Donald Phillips

Contact for Flea Market: Kathy Vissar:

Liberty Lands Big Spring Workday – Sat, April 16 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:00:48 +0000 LibLands PathStarting at 9am

HEADS UP all you lovers of Liberty Lands!

Come one, come all!!!
Come help your neighborhood park sparkle!!!
Starts at 9am, runs until about 2pm,
depending on the weather.
Come out and help your urban greenspace stay awesome!
Come out and get reconnected with your park community!
Lots of projects and tasks to grow food for City Harvest.
Coffee and donuts in the morning and pizza at lunchtime!
Mark Your Calendars Now and Plan To Attend!!!


Treecycling – Sat, Jan 9 at Orianna Dog Park Thu, 15 Oct 2015 05:00:46 +0000  

Xmass Tree Color

Planning a New Year’s Resolution
of greener living? Treecycling 2016
is just around the corner…

Saturday, January 9th at Orianna Dog Park’s 3rd Street entrance (across from Liberty Lands) from 10am to 4pm

Volunteer at the neighborhood’s best smelling event by replying to

$5 donations encouraged to help offset expenses.
(Thank You!)


Please: No early drop-offs, no lights, no ornaments, NO TINSEL. (Thank You!)



Krampuslauf at Liberty Lands was AWESOME! Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:00:21 +0000 Thanks to all who participated!

See pics here!

krampus das madchen smallSaturday, Dec 12 – Bring the kids and join your neighbors for this unique winter celebration — kicking off at 4:00
on Saturday, Dec 12
Liberty Lands Park.

Krampuslauf is a colorful celebration of Santa Claus’ companion, who deals with the NAUGHTY children. Join us in costume (or borrow one of ours)! Whether you tie a lantern to a stick or simply wear a head lamp, come march with us!

We will leave the Park at about 5-ish and head to 2nd Street. From there we will march south, and turn west on 3rd Street. Come out and see the lights, the Krampus, and your neighborhood kids in costume.

The route will pass right by North Bowl, Rustica, 700, Abbaye, and North 3rd. And, The Standard Tap will offer a Special Krampus Toast as the Lauf comes by around 5:20.

More details at

Contact with questions or for details.



NoLibs Tree Planting – Sat, Nov 14 – THANK YOU! Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:15 +0000 Street Trees Planting
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in yesterday’s tree planting!
Thanks to each of you, we have 11 new trees in our neighborhood and it wouldn’t have happened without your contributions to the effort. It was really fun and I enjoyed meeting so many new neighbors.
Special thanks to our trained tree tenders for leading the planting teams: Natalee, Kevin, Justin, and Steve. Thanks are also due to Rustica  for generously donating the pizza, Liz Reed for providing the kale soup, and the NLNA for funding the Squash soup and beer.
And now, one of you can become a tree tender for free: 
Our planting group received a Golden Ticket from PHS, offering one free PHS Tree Tenders course. If you would like to take the course for free, please let me know (, and I’ll send along more details. The first to reply will have first crack at the opportunity. The course will take place over two Saturdays in January (23 and 30) from 8:30-1:00.  Training offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the 5 county Philadelphia region and covers tree biology, identification, proper planting instructions, proper care, and working with your community.
New tree stewards:
Please be sure to follow the care instructions you received and if you have any questions, concerns, comments, anything to do with your tree, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I am your neighborhood contact re: your tree. Below are additional (some repeated) details on caring for your new tree(s).
You can give your young tree the best start by giving it 20 gallons of water a week until the ground freezes and again in late February, when ground thaws.  This needs to be done for two years.  Watering should be all on the same day at a slow trickle.  No need to buy a fancy gator bag, unless you want to.  You can simply punch a few nail holes in a construction bucket, place it on the tree pit, and fill it 4 times over a several hour period.  It’s a good idea to move the bucket around in the pit to get all sides watered.  Then the water will go deep down into the ground which will help the roots of your tree grow down instead of horizontally.
Trees will need mulching in the spring to help keep their soil shaded and moist.  Be sure to use UNTREATED mulch and leave a 3 inch ring around your tree’s root flare without any mulch.  The root flare is where the trunk meets the root system.  The bark above the root flare is not intended to stay wet (the cells are actually different!)  The trunk bark needs AIR to breath and if kept moist, the tree can become diseased and rotted and is likely to die or fall over in a strong storm.  You can obtain up to 30 gallons (again those construction buckets come in handy) of FREE mulch from the Fairmount Park Recycling Center.  Details on directions and how to pick up the mulch here:
Weeds and perennial plants compete for water and nutrients in your tree’s pit.  Keep the pit weeded and in the spring only plant annuals (plants that won’t come back the following year)  Annuals, like marigolds, snapdragons, and basil to name a few, also serve as a reminder to water.  When they start to wilt, your tree needs a drink!  Another benefit to planting (only annuals) is to deter folks from letting dogs pee on tree pits.  I am of the hopeful opinion that folks are less likely to let their dogs  pee on flowers.  Dog urine is stressful to young, growing trees.  If you are a dog owner, please spread the word!
Mark your calendars to remove the ties in Spring 2017. By then your tree’s roots will be well established. It is a good idea to leave the stakes for a while longer to help protect the trees from car doors, trash cans, etc.
Again, thank you all for your participation.  I look forward to planting with you again. 
Warmly, Erika

From 9am to 12 noon

We’re planting trees in Northern Liberties and need your help! 

Rain or shine.
Meet at 1024 N. 4th Street at 9:00 am. There’s something for everyone to do!
• Join a planting team – Even if you can’t dig, you can cut string off the trees and help ensure they are planted straight
• Transport volunteers and trees – We need 1 volunteer with a truck/van/hatch back/station wagon/SUV to help deliver trees & tools to planting sites.
• Contribute refreshments for volunteers – Something hot is always appreciated after a planting!
• High school teens (w/parent’s written permission) and college students needing community service are welcome!
We’ll wrap up at Liberty Lands to join our Love Your Park volunteers for more outdoor fun and lunch. Tell your friends and neighbors,
To confirm, please e-mail Erika at (it helps us plan the planting teams)
Bring water to drink (preferably in a reusable bottle), everything else needed to plant will be provided.
Thank you for helping make Northern Liberties greener!
Erika Goldberg
Northern Liberties Tree Tender Coordinator

Love Your Park Day (Fall Edition) – Sat, Nov 14 – Come Out And Do your Part! Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:00:23 +0000 9am-2pm at Liberty Lands

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To everyone who loves Liberty Lands: The final Work Day for the year is this Saturday!

It’s our last pre-winter push to sprinkle love and happiness all over the urban greenspace we all really, truly appreciate!
Feel free to spend whatever time you can – an hour, two hours, or the entire day. It’s always fun and never dull. Park volunteers will be out there all day, so please stop by anytime and lend a hand. We need YOU!
We have lots of projects in the making, including a fun creative kid activity — a Jackson-Pollock-like art-making experience involving two currently sad-looking cylindrical trash cans (perhaps you know the ones?).
All supplies will be provided. Come make an enduring, functional, and artful impact on Liberty Lands!

The Liberty Lands Farmers Market Mon, 10 Aug 2015 05:00:17 +0000  

Thursdays, 3 to 7pm (3rd St. side of the park)

Liberty Lands Farmers’ Market is a weekly pop-up farmers’ market happening every Thursday from 3pm – 7pm from June until November. This season, the market, located along the sidewalk on the western side of Liberty Lands park, will feature fresh fruits and vegetables from Urban Tree Connection, a nonprofit that owns a farm in West Philadelphia that helps connect community members to growing their own food. There will be great produce each week – so come supplement your groceries with the freshest produce brought right to your neighborhood!

The market accepts cash, SNAP/ACCESS cards, Philly Food Bucks, WIC, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, credit and debit cards!.

Please visit The Food Trust’s website at to find more information about Liberty Lands Farmer’s Market and all Food Trust farmers’ markets in Philadelphia.”














Soccer Shots – Continues thru Fall at Liberty Lands Sun, 09 Aug 2015 05:00:33 +0000 Soccer ShotsThanks again to NLNA for our continued partnership this summer. 

We will finish up our summer season with Coaches Julia and Sam this Sunday (Aug 23) afternoon and we are gearing up for fall season soon.

This fall we are returning to Liberty Lands at our regular time on Sunday afternoon between 3-5pm starting September 6th.

Registration is open and spots are filling up:


Don’t Forget: Weeders’ Club at Liberty Lands Every Saturday Morning! Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:00:15 +0000  

From 9am to about 11ish – KIDS WELCOME! – There will be Coffee!

Come out and get dirty with the Weeders’ Club diehards every Saturday from 9-11ish. Tools and gloves provided.


Liberty Lands is your park, owned and maintained by our neighborhood. Any time spent helping to clean up the park is welcome and necessary!

Volunteering teaches kids self- respect.

They learn to see the world in a larger sense of their immediate surroundings, and not to tolerate its decay.


AwesomeFest Brings Another Summer Movie Series to Friday Nights at Liberty Lands!! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:00:54 +0000 AwesomeFest at LLBeginning June 26th & running through August 14th (see below for dates)

The Awesome Fest is excited to announce the first program of their annual outdoor summer series.

Every Friday at sundown, , the festival will showcase a lineup of cutting edge independent film premieres at Liberty Lands. As the result of a grant from Penn Treaty Social Services District, all outdoor screenings will once again be free to attend!

The program will launch on June 26th, with the Philadelphia Premiere of CALL ME LUCKY, Bobcat Goldthwait’s moving & inspirational documentary on his close friend & beloved stand-up comic, Barry Crimmins. The festivities will close to a much different tune on August 14th, with the New Zealand heavy metal demon-slaying horror odyssey: DEATHGASM.

“With this program, it was important for me to provide an adult alternative to the current outdoor film experience in Philadelphia”, said Awesome Fest founder & artistic director Josh Goldbloom. “I have always taken pride in showcasing the festival’s titles in unique & exciting ways, and I’m as thrilled as ever to share these remarkable (and often bloody) films, at one of the coolest outdoor venues in town.”

All screenings will begin at sundown, and will now be larger than ever before (10 feet to be exact!), thanks to FunFlix – who will be providing the series with their newly acquired 40 foot outdoor movie screen.

Full Schedule:

These films are intended for an adult audience.

Friday, June 26th
(Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. But once you’ve experienced Bobcat Goldthwait’s brilliant character portrait of him and heard Crimmins secret, you will never forget him. Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Friday, July 3rd
TURBO KID (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by François Simard,
Anouk Whissell, & Yoann-Karl Whissell
It is the year 1997. Mankind has been mostly obliterated, and the few survivors try to survive the radioactive wasteland. Enter “The Kid” who stumbles upon the remains of famed superhero “Turbo Man.” Donning his super-suit, “Turbo Kid”, along with a mysterious girl takes on the evil Zeus (played by Michael Ironside!) and his army of savages. A loveable homage to the glory day 1980’s VHS “Mad Max” knockoffs, TURBO KID is the ultimate midnight movie. Official Selection of Sundance & SXSW 2015.

Friday, July 10th
ROAR – Written & Directed by Noel Marshall
No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast
and crew were.
An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank, who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of 100+ untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives. Warning: THIS. FILM. IS. ABSOLUTELY. NUTS.

Friday, July 17th
CATCH ME DADDY (Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Daniel Wolfe | Written By
Daniel & Matthew Wolfe
Laila, a girl on the run from her family is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night. Quite possibly the most challenging film in the series. Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

Friday, July 24th
BODY (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion. That’s all you need to know, and really all you should know. Official Selection of Slamdance 2015.

Friday, July 31st
UNCLE KENT 2 (Philadelphia Premiere) – Directed by Todd Rohal | Written by
Kent Osborne
Awesome Fest favorite Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm, The Guatemalan Handshake) returns with his latest feature film, the most necessary unnecessary sequel to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 indie, “Uncle Kent”. As you can imagine (which you probably can’t), it’s absurd, surreal, hilarious, and features the best/most timely cameo you’ll see all year. Official Selection of SXSW 2015.

Friday, August 7th
SUN CHOKE (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Ben Cresciman
Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface. Starring horror legend, Barbara Crampton. Official Selection of the 2015 Stanley Film Festival.

Friday, August 14th
DEATHGASM (Philadelphia Premiere) – Written & Directed by Jason Lei Howden
New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold. A cross between Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey & The Evil Dead. Official Selection of SXSW 2015.

Check out the lineup at:
twitter: @theawesomefest

The Awesome Fest was created in 2010 as a scrappy DIY community project designed to showcase innovative and cutting edge independent cinema in unique and non-traditional spaces throughout the City of Philadelphia.

Our annual summer outdoor film & music festival has featured well over 200 screenings, concerts, stand-up comics, and art installations, completely FREE to all who attend. In recent years, we built Center City Philadelphia’s first ever drive-in movie theater, launched a 10 week celebration of the 1980’s, produced/programmed the inaugural Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (Chicago) and hosted an all-night horror movie marathon outdoors in the woods at a summer camp.

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a proud fiscal sponsor of The Awesome Fest.

Spring Flea Market & Music Fest – Sat, June 6 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:00:48 +0000  

Spring Flea Market from 9am to 4 pm

Located at Liberty Lands Park on North 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey.
One’s trash is another’s treasure!
All spaces $20.00 For information reserving a space (tables not included) please email Kathy at
(All proceeds from table fees benefit Liberty Lands Park)


Liberty Lands Spring Music Fest from 3:30 to 10pm

Mark your calendars for this annual event from 3:30 to 10pm!
Local bands in the park, food and the famous bottomless beer cup! (All proceeds from beer cups benefit Liberty Lands Park)


This Spring’s Line up:
Almshouse (3:30)
Urbana (4:30)
The Gospel Shouters (5:30)
St. James and the Apostles (6:30)
Spiritual Thunder  (7:30)
Sparklers (8:30)
Creem Circus (9:30)